I am six days away from the “one-month” anniversary of announcing my book project. Since then I’ve written nothing! I’ve heard others refer to this as the procrastination fairy. Maybe she really does exist!

I have been working though. In the past few weeks, I’ve researched and acquired some books about writing which I plan to explore. Last week, I developed the premise for four possible books, and emailed the ideas to my email subscribers. I also shared these on Facebook with my personal network for more feedback.

Last sprint, I wrote about cleaning the kitchen, so to speak, and getting prepared for writing. I feel pretty good. One thing I’ve done to get in the groove is establish a morning routine. I’ve been waking up between 5 and 5:30am every morning to research and write. I’m also setting aside evening hours specifically for brainstorming and reading. Trying to find a rhythm.

Sprint 1: It Starts

Here are my sprint items for the next two weeks:

  • Select a story: After evaluating the feedback from the Google Form, I will select one of the four stories that I plan to tell.
  • Experiment with software: I’ve developed a short list of text editors and software that I want to experiment with. I prefer pen and paper, but part of this process is going to involve stepping outside of the comfort zone and trying new things. You don’t know what you don’t know. If it slows me down, I’ll quit using it. If it unleashes some new form of creativity, I’ll be glad I explored. Expect a blog post about this sometime soon, or next week.
  • Start Reading: I plan to read my first “writing” book, even though it is one that I’ve read before: Everybody Writes by Ann Handley. This book contains less about writing fiction and more just about writing well everywhere. Because I’ll be blogging in addition to writing the novel, I want to focus on writing better for both mediums. This is why I chose Everybody Writes as the first book to explore.
  • Start Writing: I’m going to set a goal for this sprint. Ready. I intend to have all major characters developed, a loose outline drafted, and the first ten pages written. It may not sound like much, but I’m firm believer in developing the characters first. They will drive the story more than I will. If I have nothing to show for this sprint, I truly have been struck down by the procrastination fairy.

That’s it! Pretty simple sprint. Reading and writing.

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